1879 Petticoat Pattern with Detachable Train
Basic petticoat for Natural Form Era fashions of 1877 to 1882
Also great for under 1890-91 skirts that are slim in front and full behind
This petticoat is designed to give support behind the knees for tied-back or Natural Form Era-style skirts of 1877-1882. It is slim in front, and lightly gathered to the waistband at the front and sides. The petticoat back has a pillowed section of gathered rows of netting which hold out the full back. Closure is in the center front seam. Two 6" ruffles are added to the hem all around for further skirt hem support.
The detachable train buttons onto the back of the petticoat at a height just below the knee with more buttons down the side back seams. Matching rows of ruffles follow the hem of the train.
Waist: 20" to 46"
Hip: 30" to 56"
Petticoat with ruffles:
45" wide, without nap: 5 1/2 yards
45" wide, with nap: 6 3/4 yards
Detachable Train with Ruffles:
45" wide, with nap: 3 1/2 yards
3 to 6 yards netting (58" wide), hook and eye closures, 12-16 buttons for train.
A believable Victorian costume starts with a good silhouette - this is most critical in the care taken with the proper petticoat selection. Use this pattern to make up two good petticoats - one plain and one fancy, or both plain - and give your Bustle Era skirts the shaping they need to make a big impression to your ensemble.